Your deck is an incredibly adaptable part of your home, ready to welcome many guests and house countless conversations over cups of coffee. From cleaning to decorating, you'll likely need to maintain your deck differently as temperatures drop. Here are some tips to make sure your deck is ready for all the winter months will bring, so you're primed and prepped to break it out again next spring.
How to Prepare Your Deck for Colder Weather
Preparing your deck for colder weather starts well before winter hits. Take these steps in the fall to ensure your deck is ready for use in the spring:
- Take preventive maintenance measures: Prep your deck now to make sure it's durable and ready for the changing weather. This may mean adding some extra built-to-last materials to your deck, such as composite decking material, aluminum and galvanized steel.
- Prep your deck furniture: Clear your deck of any items that could get damaged by rain or snow, such as plastic furniture. These can stay indoors or in a shed to prevent the plastic from becoming brittle. Aluminum furniture can stay outdoors but should get coated with an extra layer of automotive wax to prevent damage. Remove anything that will collect standing water, such as pots or planters.
- Restore your deck: How do you protect your decking from the weather? Go through your deck with a fine-tooth comb to treat any mold or mildew, replace rotting boards and finish your deck with a waterproof sealant.
Maintaining Your Deck Throughout the Winter
Your work isn't done once the cold weather hits. Maintaining your deck throughout the winter months is imperative to make sure you're ready to entertain during the summer. Take these steps to keep your deck in top condition:
- Stay mindful of your snow cleaning: When snow begins to cover your deck, clear it off using a broom or opt for a plastic shovel. Brooms are gentler and will get rid of any snow and water with less potential of scraping or damaging your deck.
- Use salt or family-friendly chemicals: Never try to chip ice off your deck after it forms as it could damage your deck. Instead, use salt or a chemical that's friendly to both kids and pets.
If you'd like to use your deck in the winter months, you can add some warmer decor and celebrate the season. Include some relevant decor around your deck or doorway, whether that means fun Halloween props or a nod to winter wonderland magic. Or add a bright, water-resistant outdoor rug to your deck or some hanging decorations. Just make sure the decoration will withstand rain and snow. Finally, consider adding a simple soft-top awning or a permanent deck covering that closes your deck off, making the area cozy and protected from the elements.
With just a few of these decorative and maintenance steps, your deck should be ready for all the snow, rain and hail that fall and winter may throw its way!
Connect With a Wolf Home Products Dealer
With over 175 years of experience in home improvement and design, Wolf Home Products can help take your winter deck to the next level. For high-quality products at an affordable price, get connected with a Wolf dealer and start prepping your deck before summer ends!